Mr Juan Carlos Riesco > Carey > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

SANTIAGO, PO 755-0647
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Work Department

Arbitration / Litigation / Public Law.


Parner of Carey and co-head of the firm’s Litigation Group.


His practice is focused on civil and commercial litigation, antitrust and regulatory litigation, as well as national and international arbitration.

Recognized in Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500.
Recognized in Litigation and Arbitration, Latin Lawyer 250.
Recognized in Litigation, Best Lawyers.
Recognized in Benchmark Litigation Latin America.
Recognized in Dispute Resolution, Top Ranked Legal.

Co-author of the article “Comments on the Increasing Impact of Anti-Corruption rules in International Arbitration”, CAM Santiago (2019).
Co-author of the Chilean chapter in the Chambers Global Practice Guide: Litigation, Chambers and Partners (2019).


Spanish and English.


Foreign associate, International Arbitration practice, Arnold & Porter, Washington DC (2014).
Member of the panel of young arbitrators, Arbitration and Mediation Center, Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
Member of the Advisory Committee of the Chilean Institute of Procedural Law (2011).
Professor of Civil Procedure Reform Diploma, Universidad Católica de Chile (2011).
Professor of Civil Law, Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello (2009-2012).
Member of the Chilean Bar Association.


Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
Degree on Modern Civil and Commercial Rules for Contracting, Universidad de Chile (2008).
LL.M., UC Berkeley (2013).
Degree on Administrative Litigation, Universidad Católica de Chile (2016).

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

Juan Carlos RiescoCarey

The weighty 25-strong practice at Chilean legal giant Carey is highly experienced in the resolution of complex civil and commercial lawsuits, including shareholder conflicts, environmental and sanctioning procedures, construction claims, and concessions-related disputes. Clients additionally benefit from the group’s leveraging the firm’s specialisms in construction, environment and consumer law, as well as regulated markets such as energy, health and pensions. The practice is jointly led by Gonzalo Fernández, who routinely acts in Chile’s most complex legal disputes; Ricardo Reveco, who ‘combines very high-level academic training with outstanding practical capabilities‘; Aldo Molinari, who undertakes administrative and environmental regulatory disputes, as well as civil and commercial litigation; and Juan Carlos Riesco, who is also a highly rate litigation partner. Within the associate pool, senior Mónica Pérez‘s broad practice includes pre-litigious advice to clients in the mining, insurance, energy,  retail and automotive sectors; and Roberto Villaseca routinely acts before both ordinary and special litigation courts.

Chile > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Next Generation Partners)

Juan Carlos Riesco – Carey

The large, 25-member arbitration practice (including four partners) at market stalwart Carey has enviable experience in national and international commercial and investment arbitrations. The ‘unique‘ group acts before both local and international institutions, such as the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM Santiago),  the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as under United Nation Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules; and has extensive experience in arbitrating disputes in the media, construction, energy, mining and pharmaceuticals sectors. The principal figures are: Gonzalo Fernández (recently re-elected by the ICC as an ICA member in Paris for 2021- 2023), who ‘has a deep understanding of arbitration‘; Ricardo Reveco, an expert in commercial arbitrations involving corporate conflicts; Aldo Molinari, who focuses on commercial and investment arbitrations; and ‘outstanding practitionerJuan Carlos Riesco. Key associate Mónica Pérez has a broad domestic and international commercial arbitration practice.

Chile > Public law

The 10-strong department at full-service legal giant Carey acts across the full spectrum of administrative and constitutional law, regulated markets, and public litigation. The team regularly assists in relation to administrative and constitutional litigation, constitutional rights, and public procurement and public concessions. Other areas of strength range from sanctioning procedures, regulatory compliance, and state-owned companies’ regulations, to legislative and regulatory enactment; and the group is particularly well known for its legal opinions on complex private-public conflicts. The practice fields a number of experienced partners, namely: Ignacio Gillmore, who has vast experience in administrative contracts, public tenders, and administrative litigation; litigation head Gonzalo Fernández, a regulatory disputes specialist; Juan Carlos Riesco, who focuses on administrative sanctioning procedures that are led by public entities; and senior counsel and renowned constitutional practitioner Patricio Zapata, who was hired in August 2021 from Zapata y Compañía and is a former President of the Citizen Council of Observers of the Constituent Process. At associate level, senior Juan Ignacio Alarcón, along with Sergio Cifuentes, Martin Canessa and Carolina Baeza, are all key public law group members. However, mid-2021 saw Camilo Lledó leave to co-found Chahuán Letelier Lledó, and Cindy Thorsen move in house at Copec.